Wow! What a game! 17 - 0 vs 10 - 6. A team that has averaged about 30 points a game against one that often gave up 30 points to very average teams. A playoff hardened veteran against a playoff noob. A true David vs Goliath confrontation with one team favored by 12 points.
And David won.
The Patriots were owned. They didn't beat themselves, they didn't get the raw end of any calls, they got beat. Squarely. Fairly. Soundly.
The game started with a Giant drive that was to set the tone for the entire game. Eli executed a great opening drive. They only got three points out if it but they used up about 10 minutes of the quarter in the process. The Pats came back to score a touch down. Then, it was all Giant defense after that. Tom Brady saw up close the Arizona turf more often than most Arizonians do. He was rushed, mauled, knocked, hurried, and sacked. A lot. The Giants bent a bit with Welker getting so much attention, but they never broke.
Only on the last drive of the Patriots did the Giant defense look weary and hot . . . huffing to try and make it another play. After the Pats scored I wondered if the Giants had it in them to win the game. The answer was a resounding, yes! Eli lead the team on another great drive hitting Burress with a pass in the corner of the end zone. Burress caught the first pass of the game, and the last to win the game. The Patriots actually had a chance with 27 seconds left and the ball on their own 20. Even with rushing just 4 Brady was hurried and couldn't get the ball were it needed to go. So, three hail mary's later and the game is over.
Of course, the poor sport cheater jag Belicheat huffed off the field. As did Brady. Ha! Justice.